Here, the programme will be tweaked to offer ‘local flavours’.
Molecular and structural biochemist lecturer Normi Mohd Yahaya says local content such as exposing students to the methods of making tempeh will be introduced into its programme.
“Students will also be challenged to extract DNA from fruits, particularly local ones.
“Some would yield good DNA after extraction, so we feel this would spark participants’ curiosity.
“The faculty’s strength also lies on using renewable materials, particularly oil palm biomass, and turning them into value added products like bio diesel,” she adds.
Normi says as the varsity has a bio compost plant, participants will be exposed to the methods of preparing biodiesel from renewable biomass.
It is a combination of theoretical learning and its application through hands on learning in the lab, as well as site visits, she shares.
Plans in the pipeline include collaborating with the forensic department to expose students on how analysis is done and how to determine who carried out a crime, for instance.
From fascinating components as such, students will be exposed to the practical components of biotech.
“Two to three weeks will be sufficient for them to absorb everything because we have tailored the module in a focused and specialised method.”
For more information on the courses offered by UPM for its summer programme, visit its website at http://www.intl.upm.edu.my/mobility/inbound/summer_programme-4091.
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